My dad insisted that I must read this book because it's one of his favourites. So I did.
Wow. There's a story behind this one which is REALLY cool and special for those people who know and love a certain story that I'm not going to name because that would ruin the very pleasant surprise. All I'm going to say is - I'm not one of those people who understand the mystery elements and such things in books, but when I finally did understand the story behind the story, I was sitting there, grinning like an idiot, for the next ten minutes.
My conclusion - READ IT.
Between the two world wars, on a hike in the English countryside, Professor John Hill takes refuge from a violent storm in a cave. There he nearly loses his life, but he also makes an astonishing discovery an ancient manuscript housed in a cunningly crafted metal box. Though a philologist by profession, Hill cannot identify the language used in the manuscript and the time period in which it is was made, but he knows enough to make an educated guess that the book and its case are the fruits of a long-lost, but advanced civilization.
This book has mystery, adventure, a little fantasy, a very very crafty villain complete with big bodyguard and the knowledge of poisons. There is literature, friendship, family bonding, questions of philosophy and moral/social propriety. If you like any of these things, read this book. Oh, and if you like Tolkien or C. S. Lewis - this book is your type of book. Believe me.
Toward the Gleam is probably one of those "book-of-the-century"-type things. And it has a really cool title and cover to match.
Alyianna's rating: 10 out of 10